Get angry!

One of Maureen Dowd’s recent columns finds Senator Obama visiting that there fictitious West Wing president for advice on how to respond to the McCain/Palin camp’s shenanigans without seeming like an “angry liberal.”

His answer:

BARTLET: GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!

I know it’s fictitious dialog for a fictitious character, but I do think there’s something to it. Not that Obama should pull an Osborne Cox or anything, but I think people understand and relate to people who let themselves get a little pissed off when they’re being, ya know, slandered. (And that “Obama wants to teach babies about condoms” ad is exactly that.)

So get angry.



2 responses to “Get angry!

  1. “You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist?”

    Fuck yes!

    My parents love to through that word around…I gently reminded my father that he attended both Cornell University, an IVY league school notorious for it’s elite alumni and VMI, an exclusive all male military (legacy) college. I had to remind him that he makes close to $200,000 a year and lives in a swanky, yuppy neighborhood in uber rich Loudon county. I had to remind him that his wife spends in excess of $300 for designer sunglasses. I had to remind him that he attends an all white church and has absolutely no friends outside of his economic, social, and cultural sphere. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

    It irritates me to no end that people sling “elitist/elitism” around like it’s filthy. Is it a better thing to be uneducated, uncouth, inarticulate, and just plain ignorant? This popular, every-man’s candidate shit is stupid. I don’t want my political leaders to be “one of the ‘boys/girls’.” It’s a “Git R done” world we live in. Ick. I will not make apologies for wanting to be the best I can be and expecting that in others, especially those with power.

    It’s horse-shit.

  2. On the other hand, Cuba Gooding Jr. has an Oscar; Samuel L. Jackson does not.

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